Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Cricut Blog Challenge

My First Challenge Of The New Year!
Cricut Blog Weekly Challenge

You Rock My World Card

From The Cricut Blog:
Dec 31, 2010 Weekly Challenge #14: Getting In ShapePosted by: Shantaie Fowler

Each week join us for “Challenge Friday” where we will announce a new creative challenge. We want you to feel inspired to use your supplies in new ways. Have fun with it! Check back often to see the beautiful entries from your Circle Friends . . . you are sure to leave with a desire to get cutting!

Weekly Challenge #14: Getting In Shape!

According to polls, “getting in shape” is among the Top Ten Resolutions people make each New Year’s Eve. Let’s do it! Let’s start the New Year off right by getting in shape . . . a shape other than a rectangle. We challenge you to create a project in a shape other than a square or rectangle. Your project must also include a number somewhere and bling of some kind (to go along with this week’s theme of “Blinging in the New Year”!
Project must be newly created for this challenge and must include atleast 2 different cuts from any Cricut cartridge to qualify.

You Rock My World Valentine's Day Card
(For My Hubby)

Materials Used
American Crafts Foil Paper
American Crafts Glitter Cardstock
Making Memories Black Cardstock
Martha Stewart Gold Glitter Paper
Martha Stewart Carrara Marble Glitter
Ranger Alcohol Inks (Stream and Pool)

Cricut Cartridges Used
Quarter Note
Wrap It Up
Cindy Loo
Holiday Cakes
Martha Stewart Elegant Cake Art

Created on my Gypsy

I wanted to create a card for my Husband using my new Quarter Note Cartridge. My Husband is a great Guitar player, so naturally, I chose the Bass cut to use! :-)
I seriously have got to get my eyes checked! I was half way through cutting before I realized my folly. After 30 years of our being together, something tells me he won't be too surprised by my minor miscalculation. Someday soon, I will use the guitar cut for him...
Other than it being a bass and not a guitar, I really like the way the card turned out. I used my Gypsy to weld the Bass with the Heart from Cindy Loo, copied and flipped my image. I welded the two images together to create the card. It's a larger card, it stands at 5.65 inches.
Gypsy Screen shot
Cut Image
Cut Image
When I cut and folded the black cardstock, it felt too "light" to handle all the layers that I knew I was going to add, so I cut the base a second time with a thicker craft cardstock. I layered the original black cut on top. I would suggest using a thicker black cardstock (like maybe cardstock from Paper Temptress) for the base if anyone wants to reproduce this card. I am still on my self imposed paper ban, so I worked with what I have, and sadly, I only have a thinner black cardstock.

Then I cut my Cindy Loo Hearts from American Crafts Light Green Cardstock, and used my Ranger Alcohol Inks to transform the color for my Earth Heart.

It looks slightly blotchy in the picture, but it works when you layer the white on it. I wanted more bling, since that was one of the requirements for this challenge, so I used Martha Stewart Carrara Marble Glitter from the Holiday Collection on the top layer. As usual, I ran the top through the Xyron to make adding the glitter easier. Here is a close up of the finished heart from the front of the card.
It's hard to see the white sparkle, but it's there...

The year is inside the card

 I had cut out the bottom layer for the Bass using American Crafts Red Foil Paper, then the top layer on the front of the card using a piece of Martha Stewart Glitter Paper from last year's Holiday Paper Collection, that I had been hoarding. One of my New Year's resolutions is to stop hoarding my Paper! I repeated all the cuts, with the exception of the Gold Glitter Paper, for the inside of the card. I used the You Rock sentiment from Wrap It Up, and hid the bubble gum dispenser, at least that I thought it was, using my Gypsy. I cut My World using Holiday Cakes and 2011 using MS Elegant Cake Art. For the challenge we needed to use a number on the project, so I added the year on the inside of the card. I put it on the Cindy Loo Earth Heart, as shown above.  Here is a shot of the inside of the card.
This was a fun challenge for me. I got to use my Gypsy which was "away in rehab" for far too long. I used only what I had in the scrap room, and I am ahead of the game with my cards for the year. Since I know Pete follows my blog, I guess I'll say Happy Early Valentine's Day to my sweetie.

Thanks for stopping by the blog to take a look at my Cricut Challenge Card.

Happy New Year To All!  Happy Crafting!